Tuesday, December 31, 2002, Chandigarh, India

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Mob vents spleen on hospital, 48 booked 
Shiv Sharma

Bhiwani, December 30
Several NGOs and political parties have criticised the act of setting afire the building of a private hospital in Badhra yesterday. An unruly mob had set the building on fire after damaging its furniture and other medical equipment. The incident took place despite heavy police bandobast. Forty-eight persons were booked in this connection.

The doctor and owner of the Sangwan Hospital had been charged with molesting a girl patient of Lad village who died later. The hospital, closed after the arrest of the doctor, opened yesterday on the order of the court.

A meeting of Khap Pachchis was convened on Sunday by its president Bijender Singh on the premises of Govt Middle School at Badhra.

The meeting had to be postponed several times amid uproar. Ultimately, it converted into a mob which reached the hospital and set it ablaze. They also set afire the residence of the doctor. Since there was no member of the family inside, there was no loss of life.

Earlier, a panchayat had socially boycotted the accused doctor on the appeal of the family of the girl.

Later, the doctor was sent in judicial custody by a court. His wife Dr Anant Kaur then asked the panchayat to allow her open the hospital. She also appealed to the Punjab and Haryana High Court. The court ordered to provide security to the lady doctor. It also ordered the opening of the hospital.

However, tension mounted as the hospital was opened. The doctor again appealed to the Sheoran Khap Bawan to allow the opening of the hospital. The demand was conceded but was turned down by the Khap Pachchis.

The panchayat had threatened to take action if the lady doctor did not leave Badhra by December 29.
Addl Superintendent of Police Sukhdev Singh and SDM Charkhi Dadri Dharmbir said that those responsible for damaging the Sangwan Hospital building would not be spared and action would be taken as per law.

The ASP said that nearly 48 persons had been booked in this connection.

He claimed that the police were unaware of the incident, but the situation was brought under control nonetheless. The fire could not be controlled as the fire tenders did not arrive on time from far-off Bhiwani and Charkhi Dadri, the ASP said.

Meanwhile, the police raided the hideouts of several accused.

The convenor of Jan Sangharsh Samiti Om Prakash alleged in a statement that the district administration and the state government had avoided performing their constitutional responsibility.

The Congress leader and former minister Hira Nand Arya has sought stern action against the accused. A retired block education officer Diwan Singh called it a barbaric act and a slap on the face of the law.



Trade Tax Asst Commissioner held red-handed
Our Correspondent

Meerut, December 30
An Assistant Commissioner of Trade Tax Department was caught red-handed while taking a bribe of Rs 10,000 in his office. The commissioner was arrested and taken to the Delhi Gate police station just opposite his office. He was booked under the Prevention of Corruption Act 1988. The incident occurred at 2 pm on December 30, 2002.

According to the Superintendent of Police (Vigilance) Ashok Kumar Raghav, an electric connector manufacturer Rajiv Shahni, resident of 294/2, lodged a complaint with the vigilance department that Dr R M Kushwaha, Assistant Commissioner, Trade Tax, Sector 7, was demanding Rs 10,000 for showing some consideration in favour of certain work of his company.

SP Vigilance, Ashok Kumar Raghav then sought a sanction from the Lucknow Vigilance Headquarters. When the HQ gave a go-ahead, a four-member team led by inspector Mahendra Singh Teolia was formed to nab the culprit.

The vigilance team did a recce of the Trade Tax office where the Assistant Commissioner called Mr Shahni to pay the money. The vigilance sleuths gave a packet of Rs 10,000 in the denomination of Rs 100 to the trader. The notes were coloured in a manner to nail the guilty. As Rajiv Sahni gave the packet to the Assistant Commissioner, the vigilance team trapped him. His hands were washed with a solution of sodium bicarbonate.

As the hands became pink, the vigilance team arrested him. Several officials protested against the police action. The employees of the Trade Tax department also tried to secure the release of the culprit.

SP Vigilance Ashok Kumar Raghev told the ‘NCR Tribune’ that the culprit was taken to the Delhi Gate Police station where a case under Sections 7/13, 1D read with 13(2) of the Prevention of Corruption Act 1988 was registered.

He would be produced in the court of the chief judicial magistrate on Tuesday.



National Education Test or UGC farce?
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 30
The NET (National Education Test) Examination, which was conducted in the Capital by the University Grants Commission yesterday, proved to be a nightmare for the students. While many did not receive their admit cards on time others spent agonising moments waiting for the examination, which came to a sudden halt midway, to resume.

“Before the exam began some of the students complained that they had not received their admit cards. There were also around 60 students who had received their admit cards, but their names were missing from the master list that was sent to the exam centre by the UGC,” said a student who took the exam yesterday at the Rajdhani College.

Confusion reigned even as the college authorities tried hard to make seating arrangements and procure more question papers. “The exam started about an hour late and then when we had just begun the second part we were asked to stop writing. No one explained why we were made to wait again for over an hour before we could resume writing,’’ lamented the students. The NET exam conducted by the UGC twice each year is for selection of Junior Research Fellows and is a prerequisite for application to the post of Lectureship.

The examination consists of three parts: while there is a gap of five minutes between the first and the second part, which together form a unit and are objective type papers, a gap of 45 minutes is provided before the commencement of the last paper.

“The third part, which was supposed to start at one p.m., began at three in the afternoon and wound up at 5.30,” pointed out the students. At the second centre at V D Institute of Technology, Sultanpuri, the candidates faced shortage of question papers for the second part of the paper.

The first part is to test the general aptitude of the candidates and the second part is an objective type paper based on the subject opted for by the candidate. UGC officials, who were present at the centre, reportedly also got the question papers photocopied.

While the college authorities dismissed the fracas as “UGC’s blunder”, the UGC officials could not be contacted.



Major rail mishap averted
Our Correspondent

Ghaziabad, December 30
A major rail mishap was averted yesterday in Bulandshahr with the timely detection of fish plates which had been tampered with near the Boor Road level crossing at gate No. 15.

However, it seems the miscreants did not get enough time to undo the bolts of the fish plates on both sides of the track, the railway officials said.

The miscreants had stolen the tools for loosening the bolts from the cabin of gate man Bhanveer Singh. The pliers and the spanner were found missing in he evening. Though a report was lodged with the police, it did not take the matter seriously. Incidentally, the Sangam Express and other passenger trains take this route in the morning.

The tampered fish plates were noticed in the morning during a routine inspection of the tracks. According to railway officials, there could have been a major accident, if the bolts had been removed from both sides of the track. The railway authorities did not rule out the possibility of mischief or sabotage, though tghey were not willing to come on record.

A team of Railway Protection Force from Hapur has arrived in Bulandshahr to inquire into the matter. The local police believe that the tools stolen from the gate keeper’s cabin were used to remove the fish plates.

In view of the frequent incidents of tempering with fish plates, the authorities have permanently fixed the tracks over long distances in cement sleepers. This is to thwart any mischief-makers.



Inter-state criminals to get joint stick
R.D. Sapra

Sonepat, December 30
To discuss the issue of a common control room and joint patrolling, a meeting of the senior police officers of the northern states will be held on January 15 in Sonepat.
Giving this information, Mr M.S.Malik, Director-General of Police, Haryana, told mediapersons here today that the meeting would finalise the strategy to check the crimes and curb the activities of the inter-state criminals.

He said that Haryana had been facing an acute shortage of policemen and at least 7,000 posts had been lying vacant. The new recruitment, he said, would be made shortly after getting instructions from the government.

He disclosed that as many as 786 persons were being looked by a constable in Haryana while in Delhi there was one constable for just 235 persons. The number of policemen in Punjab is much more than that in Haryana, but still the crime was under control in the state, he claimed.

Referring to cybre crime, Mr Malik said that there had been no such crime in Haryana so far but steps had already been taken to check the menace.

A training centre has been established in Gurgaon where the SHOs and other senior officers are being trained to curb such crimes.

Regarding the cases of human rights violations, he claimed that Haryana had witnessed fewer cases of human rights violations as compared to other states. Besides, prompt action is being taken in the cases received from the National Human Rights Commission and other commissions.

Referring to the complaints against police officials, Mr Malik disclosed that as many as 650 police officials had already been compulsory retired or given notices for retirement in the state.

Besides giving the stick to the policemen, the state government had taken a series of measures to encourage policemen to take part in sports. The state government, he said, had reserved three per cent posts in government jobs for the purpose. Under the scheme, as many as 150 policeman, both men and women had been recruited in the police department, he added.

He said that the state government had not only implemented the recommendations of the Fifth Pay Commission in the police department, but it had granted Rs 50 per month more to them along with the pay.

The DGP claimed that the law and order situation was fully under control and as many as eight campaigns had been launched to curb the activities of the criminals during the year 2002. These campaigns include the Operation Alert, Operation Gatirodhak, Operation Catch, Operation Blunder, Operation Social Security, Operation Agni, Operation Chauksi and Satarkata and Operation Sadbhavna.

He claimed that the year 2002 had also witnessed less crime compared to 2001.



Aa ja meri gaadi mein baith ja...
Parmindar Singh

Noida, December 30
“Come on, I can drop you wherever you like,” a Romeo told a young woman who refused his generous offer. But when he persisted in giving her a lift against her wishes, he was arrested by Sector-24 police for “forcibly offering a lift to a young girl in Sector-12”.

According to police, a young girl after making some purchases in the market, was waiting for a transport in the evening at Sector-12 when Vikas Sharma passed by in a car. He stopped the car and offered her a lift, which she declined. Mr Sharma stepped out, walked up to her and started persuading her to accept the lift. But when she still said ‘no’, the gay Lothario caught her hand and tried to push her forcibly into the car.

The damsel looked quite distressed. Soon, two cops standing nearby decided enough was enough and took the man to the police station.

Vikas Sharma is from Haryana and had come to Noida on some business. Sharma told the police that he often came to Noida and would offer young women lift in his car “to drop them anywhere they liked”. On the way, he would flirt with some or even try to paw them, while some of his “guests would get down on the way, fretting and fuming”, the police said.



Five cops reverted to police lines
Our Correspondent

Ghaziabad, December 30
Five cops, including the SI in-charge of Thandi Piyao police post in Bulandshahr, who were caught red-handed by SSP Alok Sharma while accepting bribes from transporters, have been reverted to the police lines.

The SSP, who has been frequently cautioning the policemen against extorting money from the transporters/drivers, had caught these men personally. He had, earlier warned the cops in a meeting in Kotwali Bulandshahr that anyone found accepting bribes would be severely punished.

SSP Alok Sharma, who had stationed himself in a private car, eavesdropped on the cops as they accepted bribes from drivers at the Thandi Piyao check post in Kotwali Dehat area. He has now issued orders that the entire staff at the check post, who were on duty at the post the previous evening, be reverted to the police lines. Besides SI Raj Bahadur Singh, constables Rajbeer Singh, Sooraj Mal, Vijay Singh and Gurmit Singh have been reverted.



Hazardous units under MCD scanner
Samaipur Badli factory fire fallout
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 30
The Municipal Corporation of Delhi has ordered the cancellation of licences of hazardous factories being run in residential areas following the recent incidents of fire in plastic and soap factories in North-West district.

Leader of the House and Chairman of the Standing Committee of the corporation Ram Babu Sharma said that at present there were about 25,000 hazardous factories being run in residential areas. Licences of these factories would be cancelled after an inquiry by the department concerned. At present, the corporation has stopped issuing licences to new factories.

The department concerned will submit the report of the inquiry before Additional Commissioner Vishnu Swaroop after which requisite action would be taken. He said that an inquiry would also be conducted into the explosion and fire incidents in a plastic factory in Samaipur Badli on Saturday, which claimed nine lives, and in a soap factory in Jahangirpuri today in which several workers were injured.

A committee has also been constituted to inquire into the transfer order case of Dr Madhu Kiran from Hindu Rao Hospital to Kasturba Gandh Hospital after the issue was raised by Mr Neeraj Basoya, a Congress corporator. Her transfer was ordered by senior officers of the corporation allegedly to settle scores. A CBI inquiry had been pending against the doctor who was appointed in place of Dr Madhu Kiran, Mr Basoya alleged.

The MCD House also demanded the inquiry report of the rape case of a nurse on the premises of the hospital by an unknown person be tabled before the Standing Committee in the next meeting.

Criticising the Delhi Government’s formation of the Rural Area Board for development of villages, Mr Vijender Kumar Gupta, a BJP councillor, said that this was only a hidden political move on the part of the Chief Minister of Delhi, Mrs Sheila Dikshit. The MCD already has rural areas development committees for development of the villages. The Delhi Government had to release Rs 6 crore to the committee but not a single installment had so far been released, he said.

For its own board, the Delhi Government had now allocated Rs 72 crore to develop the villages. The Rural Area Development Board was nothing but to woo the voters as elections to the Delhi Assembly was approaching, Mr Vijender Gupta said. 



HR violation in abduction case seen 
Ravi S. Singh
Tribune News Service

Mahendragarh, December 30
The main accused in a case of violation of human rights has not been arrested even 10 days after the crime. Rather, the transfer of the SHO, Mahendragarh police station, the day after a complaint was lodged against the associates of INLD leader and liquor contractor, Rao Bahadur Singh, has fuelled speculation about the intention of the authorities.

The complaint pertains to two youths who were allegedly whisked away in a vehicle by Rishi Raj (Nautana village), Ashok Kumar (Bawana), Mahesh Kumar (Mahendragarh) and others. Subsequently, the youths were kept in illegal confinement. They were also allegedly beaten up.

No sooner were the youths abducted, the villagers surrounded the police station and demanded the immediate release of the captives. On a complaint of Mr Ram Swarup, father of one of the victims, the police registered an FIR. Three persons were named in the plaint. They were booked under Sections 365, 342, 323, 148 and 149 of the IPC.

Following the public outcry, the two abducted youths were rescued by the police the same day. The victims had reportedly identified the three accused and were ready to identity the others.

Talking to ‘NCR Tribune’, Mr Bahadur Singh said the two youths had worked as agents in his liquor business. However, they left their jobs and started bootlegging. He also said that the accused did not abduct the two poachers but whisked them away for a slight thrashing. He further said that he was not in Mahendragarh when the incident occurred. However, he later intervened and effected a compromise between the two parties.

He debunked the allegation that the SHO was transferred under pressure from him for daring to register an FIR in the case. It was a routine transfer. In fact, a score of other policemen in the district were transferred by the Superintendent of Police, Mahendragarh, he added. He blamed his political opponents for “blowing the case out of proportion”.

However, the question doing the round is that should the compromise effected by Mr Bahadur Singh legally act as a bulwark against the arrests and prosecution of the accused? Is the alleged abduction and illegal detention of the victims not a blatant violation of the fundamental right to life and liberty as mandated by Article 21 of the Constitution? 



TUs clamour for release of salary
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, December 30
Representatives of various trade unions including the Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU), AITUC, Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh and UTDC today protested against the non-payment of salary to the workers of the Haryana Sheet Glass Company at Sewli village for the last five months and the failure of the Labour Department authorities to take an action against the company management.

In a press release, they alleged that the workers had not been paid either the Divali bonus, causing a lot of resentment among them.

They warned that if the just and legitimate demands of the workers were not accepted, the trade unions have no alternative than to launch an agitation against the management and gherao the owners of the company.

The representatives also urged the Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, to intervene and direct the district and labour department authorities to take steps for releasing the payment of five months’ salary to the workers.

The representatives of the trade unions also pointed out that a meeting between the workers and the management had taken place on December 13 and the management assured the workers that the company would release two months’ salary by December 31 and one more month by January 31. The management would also release Divali bonus by the end of March next year.

They also pointed out that Mr Radhey Sham Khemka, owner of the company, had also promised the workers on December 19 that the management would pay the salary, allowances and bonus to the workers at the earliest.

Meanwhile, the workers are planning an agitation.



Child labour: Sweating blood for survival
Jeevna Bhinder

New Delhi, December 30
Why are there so many children earning a living when they should enjoy their childhood? Child labour is a harsh reality that the Capital is facing today. Millions of children help their families in myriad ways. They are put to work in ways that drain childhood of all joys, exposing them to exploitation.

Delhi is struggling to cope with the problem of child labour. The root cause of their sorry plight is poverty, apart from illiteracy and ignorance among the poor.

“Slums are today nurseries of delinquency, bad habits, violence, exploitation, unemployment and what not, ” writes Kiran Bedi. Delhi has clusters of slum areas which are increasing due to migration. The earnings of poor parents are not sufficient to bring home the bacon, leave alone taking care of their children.

In such circumstances, the parents send their children to work rather than school and force them to earn in various ways to supplement the income.

Many children are working in the industrial areas of Delhi which are away from their homes. Others work in markets, shops, dhabas, factories and at homes as domestic helps. You can see many children below the age of 14 working in restaurants, factories, shops including Paharganj and many other areas.

Parliament has passed 93rd Constitution Amendment Bill on November 27, 2002, providing the fundamental right to free and compulsory education to all the children between six and 14 years. The bill helps provide education to all the children until they complete six years.

But the harsh reality is different. This, despite the fact that a large number of social workers are engaged in the task eradication of child labour.

For the rehabilitation of child labor, the Delhi Labour Department launched some schemes which include identification of child labour, providing vocational education to them, payment of stipend, arrangement of accommodation and educational facilities through NGOs, placement of such children in appropriate jobs and helping them to be self-employed.

At present, this department is running eight welfare centres in Delhi.

The number of projects under the National Child Labour Project Scheme has been increased to 100.

More than 3,000 special schools have also been set up in child labour endemic states.

Children employment has been prohibited in six more processes, increasing the number of processes and hazardous occupation to 70.

For the rehabilitation of child labour, the first step should be to eradicate poverty and raise the standard of living of the poor parents. It has been proved that poverty is the major factor forcing children into the labour market.



Gowda exhorts media to help unite people
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 30
Former Prime Minister H D Deve Gowda urged the media to try and unite the people in the country through their good offices. He was displeased at the attempts made by some political and religious forces to divide society.

Mr Gowda was speaking at a function organised by the Asian Academy of Film and Television. Addressing the students, he pointed out that the visual media must be used with care and sensitivity and that all religions preach correct ways of life and preach tolerance.

He congratulated the AAFT on its contribution in the field of media education and training.

Former Election Commissioner GVG Krishnamurthy, also present on the occasion, said that it is unethical to divide society on the basis of religion and caste. Free and fearless media is oxygen to democracy, he added.

Mr P Murari, former secretary, Information and Broadcasting, said that television is a hard taskmaster and does not permit anyone to make mistakes. He called upon the television journalists to maintain professional integrity and standards.

Major-General Kailash Chander and Dr Aziz Burney were also present on the occasion.



Vidrohi flays bid to tax farm income
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, December 30
The Janata Dal president of the Haryana unit, Mr Ved Prakash Vidrohi, has opposed the move to impose tax on agricultural income and described it as an attempt to attack the interests of farmers. He has, however, asked the Union government to bring a bill to impose tax on the farmhouses owned by the urbanites.

In a statement here today, Mr Vidrohi said the government should stop all those forces which had been involved in putting up a proposal in the next Budget to make the agricultural income taxable.

He said while the majority of the farmers in the country had been poor and did not have large holding, the agriculture had been a regular victim of the vagaries of nature including drought, shortage of irrigation water, increasing rates of power and inputs like fertilisers and ‘low’ procurement prices.

He said it could be made a ‘taxable’ profession if there was a good margin ensured to the farmers between the cost of inputs and the procurement prices. Instead, he said, the government should impose tax on the farmhouses owned by the rich people.

He said the farmhouses had been proving a medium to save income tax and converting the black money into white by influential and rich strata of society. He said farmhouses could ensure a good return to the Union government in the form of tax annually.



‘School is a second home for children’
Nalini Ranjan

Age may have caught up with her physically but it has not diminished her zeal for social service. A teacher with 40 years of standing in the Capital’s top schools, this 75-year-old do-gooder spends her time in teaching the underprivileged in some of the worst slums of East Delhi. For Mrs Sneh Mittal, social work is an integral part of her life and she has devoted most of her life in doing this humane work.

Mother of three, Mrs Mittal trained as a teacher under Mr Jousten, grandson of the legendary Maria Montessori, who gave preliminary education a new life to the Indian sub-continent. Maybe she was partly inspired by the pioneers of primary education in the country. The rest of it came from her family, including her husband, who encouraged her at every step. Six years back, she started social service organisation called ‘Sneh Education and Health care Center’.

Interestingly, the organisation was not named after her. ‘Sneh’ stand for love and affection and the children living in slum clusters need it most. Right now, under the guidance of the organisation, three centres are being run at the respective parks in DDA slum clusters of Swasthaya Vihar, Chitra Vihar and Geeta Colony.

The classes are run here right from early morning to mid-day, mainly for two categories of children. For one, those who attend regular schools and the other, for those who have never seen the face of a school. The classes being run for those attending regular schools are like, tutorials where help is provided to them free of cost to do their homework or to catch up with their studies so that they do not drop out of schools in frustration.

She has delved deeply into her experience as a teacher and personally finalised the curriculum for these children with the focus being on motivation and creating interest in studies through various means. It is like play school or a bridge school for slum kids. After imparting some basic education, they are admitted in regular schools.

Last year, as many as 90 slum kids from these centres got admitted in various regular schools. The facilities provided by these centres like, reading materials, uniforms and mid-day meals, are absolutely free and nothing is charged from them.

Normally, teachers have been hired from the same localities keeping in view that these kids face no difficulty in learning from them. Apart from this, all centres organise free health check-up camps for these kids. They are also counselled in giving up drug addiction.

In an exclusive conversation with NCR Tribune, this remarkable woman walked down the memory lane.

When did you start the journey of social service?

I am basically from Gurdaspur district of Punjab. Some years before the partition, my whole family had shifted to Delhi. My father, Mr Hansraj, was a prominent lawyer of his time and was very close to the then Prime Minister Pt Jawaharlal Nehru. We all used to live in Civil Lines area. My mother, Smt Savitri Devi, was a very kind-hearted and compassionate.

She was popularly known as ‘Sewa Devi’ for her community work. Those were the days when Indians were deemed as second class citizens. Despite our father’s influence and mother’s goodwill, not a single English person of the colony interacted with us.

During that period, I realised that we could do something for the welfare of small kids of servants working in the offices and residences of the English. Their situation was very pathetic. They were roaming all the day like stray animals. Their parents were reluctant in sending them schools. My father’s residence was very big. So, I selected a room out of it for a play school. And that school started with 20 tiny-tots. I used to give them everything like, reading materials, dresses and mid-day meal absolutely free. Consequently, I got overwhelming response and later on it was very difficult for me to accommodate all the aspirants.

After my marriage, I had to shift to Lodhi Road. My mother- in- law, Mrs Durga Devi, was very interested in social service and other community-based works. And in Lodhi Road, I did the same experiment. With the support of two social workers, Mrs Pushpa Gupta and Mr Chiranji Lal, a temporary play school was set up at Y Block of Lodhi Colony.

There was a small slum cluster in that area in those days. And with the installation of the school, kids started coming along with their eager parents.

In 1960, we had to shift to Pandara Road area. And there we also started a play school with the name ‘Little Angel’. That school successfully ran till 1981. It was totally dedicated to the children of poor and distressed people. The twin brothers, Rasvihari and Krishnavihari, are now in civil services and they are students of my school and the sons of a peon, who once worked for my husband. My school was very popular in that area in those days.

When my son, who is a doctor, shifted to Vikas Marg area, I again started a similar school in the Swasthya Vihar area.

You have spent many decades in moulding the minds of toddlers. Could you give us some tips in this regard?

The school is a second home for a child. By going to this prime social institution, the child enhances his intelligence, mental and moral aptitudes.

Most mothers insist that the child should finish his homework on time, failing which he would be scolded by his schoolteacher. This often creates fear in a child’s mind. Soon, the child develops a kind of ‘fear psychosis’. He simply gets scared of the teacher. Consequently, the fun of going to school is snatched away and the child’s mental development gets hampered.

In case, a child can’t read many books then each lesson should be narrated to him or her in the form of an interesting story. Make the child sit next to you and tell him to repeat after you.

If on the first day he spends 10 minutes on a particular page then on the second day he should spend at least 15 minutes on the same page. And by doing this, a child’s defects of speech can be tackled and his concentration can be enhanced.

Also, his phonetics would be clearer and he would be able to listen well and memorises simultaneously. Always try to make the child learn and understand a lesson and not just memorise it. Lessons learnt in this manner can never be forgotten. They should be kept as close to nature as possible.

This promotes a positive understanding of the world around him. Whether at home or school, children should be allowed to play with sand and mud. Making balls out of sand strengthens their hands. And this in turn helps in forming an excellent grip for holding objects, specially the pencil.

How your organisation ‘Sneh Education and Health Care Centre’ came into existence?

After spending many decades of social service and community work in an unorganised way, I decided to do it in a systematic manner.

After shifting to Vikas Marg area and living in different localities like, Swasthya Vihar, Gujarat Vihar and Yojana Vihar, I felt that due to abject penury, most of the slum kids are deprived of not only the basic education but also from the primary health care.

Keeping this in view, we included the health care facilities in our centres.

Have you taken any assistance from the government authorities?

We have not taken any grant from the government for our centres. I personally do not believe in taking such type of assistance.

At such old age, how do you cope with your regular activities?

At this age, I am very much agile. Besides regular visit to our centres, I also run a small school at Yojana Vihar for the children of poor people. 



Metro to ply another train for New Year
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 30
The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) will introduce another train and increase the frequency of service to meet the rush on the eve of New Year. DMRC General Manager (Operations) Madhuresh Kumar today told mediapersons that special arrangements would be in place to deal with the rush.

“We are planning to increase the number of trains and their frequency in the next two days to handle the extra crowd,” Mr Kumar said. Extra vigil will be kept to avert any untoward incident.

“With additional security personnel from the Delhi Police, we will keep extra vigil in all stations for the convenience of passengers and for smooth running of the trains,” he said.

The Metro had run 141 trains on Sunday, 71 up and 70 down, and earned Rs 7 lakh, an increase of 22 to 25 per cent over the previous day. Till 3 pm today, the DMRC had run 77 trains.



Petrol pump owner found dead in car, cash missing
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, December 30
A youth, Sandeep Kumar (24), was found dead in his car, which was lying overturned on the Sonepat-Gohana road near Naina Tatarpur village, about 20 km from here, last night.

According to preliminary reports, the victim belonged to the West Ram Nagar area of this city and he was the owner of a petrol pump at Gohana town. He was returning home in his car and carrying Rs 99,950 in cash with him.

After sometime, his brother happened to pass through this road and he spotted the car and stopped there. He immediately informed the police about the killing of his brother and the missing cash. The police are still investigating into the case.

Prisoner caught

Sandeep, a prisoner, was caught red-handed by the district jail authorities while he was taking 500 grams of sulphas inside the jail after returning from home on Sunday.

According to a report, Sandeep was released on one-month parole and he returned to the jail on Sunday. A case against him has been registered with the city police station by the jail authorities.

Freedom fighter dies

Mr Hargian Singh, a veteran freedom fighter and a close associate of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, died of heart attack in his house in Jatwara Mohalla here last evening. He was 84. According to a report, Mr Hargian Singh was recruited in the INA in 1939 and had remained in a Burma jail for seven years during the freedom movement launched by the Netaji.

Jail bharo stir

Several trade unions, including the AITUC, the CITU and the UTUC (Lenin Sarini), have decided to launch a satyagraha and ‘jail bharo andolan’ from January 8 in this district against the anti-people and anti-worker policies of the central and the state governments.

According to a report, a decision to this effect was taken at a joint meeting of these organisations held here on Sunday. Mr Hari Parkash, secretary of the UTUC (Lenin Sarini), Mr Daryao Singh Kashyap, president of the Haryana Khet Mazdoor Union, and Mr Howa Singh, vice-president of the Haryana CITU, were among those present at the meeting.

Youth crushed

Jhajjar: A 23-year-old youth was crushed to death reportedly by a private bus in Kheri Khumar village of the district last evening. According to the police, the deceased, Ravinder, was standing on the roadside near his house when a bus coming from Khativas village run him over. He died on the spot. The police have registered a case of causing death due to rash and negligent driving against Leelu, driver of the bus.

Found beheaded

Rohtak: The police found bodies of two cousins from the fields near Jind road here this morning. Both the youths were beheaded with some sharp-edged weapons by unidentified assailants.

The deceased have been identified as Satish and Shiv Kumar, residents of Saini Anandpura locality here. According to information, the duo had left for the fields after having dinner last evening. Some villagers noticed their bodies lying in the fields and informed the matter to the police today. The police reached the site and sent the bodies for post-mortem examinations.

The reason behind the crime is yet to be ascertained. According to some villagers, it could be because of a land dispute.

Files stolen

Bhiwani: Several files were stolen from the Subdivisional Magistrate’ office located at the mini-secretariat here last night. This is the second incident of theft in this office during this year. According to a report, unidentified thieves broke open the office doors and stole the records. An employee found the broken locks and informed the police today. The police soon cordoned of the office and disallowed even journalists to enter it. 



Delhiite crushed by roadways bus
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, December 30
A resident of Ashok Vihar of Delhi was crushed to death by a speeding Haryana Roadways bus here near the NHPC Chowk today morning. The deceased has been identified as K. K. Dixit. He was going to his office on a cycle when it was hit by the bus crushing him under the wheels. The body has been taken to the civil hospital for a post-mortem examination. In another incident, a woman was injured after a three-wheeler autorickshaw hit her at Nangla Road here today.

NPTI chief: Dr B. S. K. Naidu, Director-General, National Power Training Institute (NPTI) here, has been awarded the platinum jubilee year `Eminent Engineer Prize’ by the Delhi Centre of the Institution of Engineers (India) for his remarkable contribution to the advancement and application of engineering practices in India. Mr Annasaheb M. K. Patel, Union Minister of State for Rural Development, gave away the prize at a function in Delhi recently.

Blankets given: Ms Sudesh Kumari, wife of the Haryana Governor, distributed blankets, sewing machines and tricycles at a function organised by the District Red Cross Society at Hassanpur village of Hodal subdivision today. About 220 blankets, 50 sewing machines and seven tricycles were given away on the occasion.

Addressing the gathering, Mrs Kumari said voluntary organisations like the Red Cross Society had been doing a yeoman service. She also inaugurated a blood donation camp at Bhiduki village where 100 units were collected.



Crime rate ‘dips’ by 14% in South Delhi
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 30
The overall crime rate in the Capital’s posh South District has shown a decline of 14 per cent this year as compared to previous year.
Addressing the Annual press conference of the district, the Deputy Commissioner of Police (South), Mr P Kamaraj, said that the crime under dacoity has declined by 56 per cent, murder by 0.1 per cent, robbery by 40 per cent, rape by six per cent, burglary by 35 per cent and snatching by 29 per cent.

The registration and occurrence of crime have considerably come down during this year as the police had done some extraordinary work to keep the law and order under control, Mr Kamaraj said.

Statistics reveal that only four cases of dacoity were registered in 2002 as against nine in 2001, 80 cases of murder in 2002 as against 83 in 2001 and in attempt to murder, only 54 cases were reported this year as compared to 75 cases in 2001. While robbery has shown a dip to 70 cases in 2002 as against 120 in 2001, in rape 59 cases in 2002 as compared to 65 in 2001, 72 cases of snatching had been registered in 2002 in comparison to 103 cases in 2001 and burglary has shown a steep decline as 495 cases were registered this year compared to 803 cases in 2001.

Even the district has topped in the working out rate in crime as compared to the overall working out rate in entire Delhi. In dacoity, the district has 100 per cent working out rate as compared to 89 per cent in entire Delhi, while in murder, it is 71.3 per cent as against the 69 per cent in Delhi. In robbery, it is 78.6 per cent as against 76.5 per cent in Delhi. Only in burglary, the district has less working out rate 32.9 as compared to 36.1 per cent in entire Delhi.

“Only in burglary, we have less working out rate and are concentrating more here to improve our ability to work out cases in burglary,” said Mr Kamaraj.



Eight gangs of hardcore criminals busted in 2002
Our Correspondent

Panipat, December 30
The district police claimed to have busted eight gangs of hardcore criminals by arresting 35 members and have solved as many as 40 out of 45 cases of murder during the year 2002. The prominent gangsters who were either eliminated or sent behind bars included Rajesh Kuldeep Kalwa, Pardeep and Rohtash.

According to the Superintendent of Police, Mamta Singh, as many as 45 cases of murder, 39 of rape, 11 of abduction and ransom and 31 cases of loot were registered during the year. The district has witnessed a considerable decline in cases of dacoity, loot and abduction for ransom.

The SP claimed that in 189 dowry-related cases, as many as 109 husbands, 232 fathers-in-law and brothers-in-laws and 82 mothers-in-law and sisters-in-law of the victims were arrested by the police.

She disclosed that out of 39 cases of rape registered with the police, nine cases were found false and all the alleged accused of the remaining 30 cases were arrested.

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Man attempts suicide before Rashtrapati Bhawan
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 30
A 30-year-old physically challenged man today attempted suicide outside the Rashtrapati Bhavan by pouring petrol over himself. Kaushal Kumar's bid to immolate himself was foiled by alert Delhi Police personnel who nabbed him at about 10.30 am at the main gate of the Rashtrapati Bhawan.

On interrogation, Kumar alleged that the Municipal Corporation of Delhi had demolished his shop located at the Kailash Colony market in South Delhi and took away his sewing machine and clothes belonging to his customers.

When his repeated attempts to lodge a complaint with the police failed, he had come to the President's house to attract the attention of the higher authorities as a last resort.

Raped for three days: A 19-year-old woman was allegedly abducted by three persons and was raped in Daya Basti in South District from December 9 to December 11.

The victim’s relatives told the police that she married recently and had been living in Etah. They said that she had come to Delhi to visit her parents. The incident occurred when she went to relieve herself. Three persons, including her neighbour, abducted her and raped her for three days. The suspects — Ajit (22), his brother-in-law Ashok and another person Rakesh (21) — are still at large.

Seven hurt in fire: Seven persons were injured today in a minor fire in an empty plot in Mukund Pur in Jehangirpuri. The Delhi Fire Service said that there was a blast in a chemical drum around 1.25 am injuring a few. All those injured were admitted to Babu Jagjivan Ram Hospital and are reported to be safe. Two fire tenders were rushed to the spot to extinguish the fire.

Old Woman robbed: An elderly woman was robbed of cash and jewellery worth Rs 40,000 in her house in New Ashok Nagar today afternoon by a person who posed himself as a plumber.

The victim, Shashi (76), was alone in the flat in West End Apartment when the incident had occurred. The police said that an unidentified person posing himself as a plumber entered the house and robbed cash and items worth Rs 40,000.



Youth killed as car rams bridge
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, December 30
An unidentified youth was killed when his car dashed against the bridge of a culvert on the Sonepat-Gohana road near Mohana village, 19 km from here, last evening.
According to a report, the police have registered a case and further investigations are in progress.

It is stated that the car turned turtle immediately after ramming into the bridge and this led to the youth’s death.

The police have sent the body for the post-mortem examination. 



Fair fails to meet expectations
Bijendra Ahlawat

Faridabad, December 30
The nine-day Trade Fest – 2002 came to an end last evening at Surajkund. While the district administration and the newly set up Trade Fair Authority of Haryana (TFAH) had used all their energy for organising it for the first time at Surajkund, some harsh realities have surfaced amidst the claims and compliments.

One of the most important factors is the attendance of visitors, which was far below the expectations.

The organisers at the time of the inauguration had estimated that about five lakh people would visit the fair, dubbed as second best to the India International Trade Fair (IITF) organised at Pragati Maidan each year in November.

The official records reveal that the total number of visitors to the Trade Fest - 2002 was only 1.5 lakh. This was perhaps the biggest setback, said a resident here.

The district authorities and organisers, however, claim that it could be due to various reasons including bad weather and the fact that it was organised for the first time at Surajkund.

It is stated that although the place is well known on the tourist map of the country, infrastructure development for holding such a fair on a large scale and the low publicity perhaps had a role to play as far as its success was concerned.

The organisers had set up about 400 stalls but several stalls remained empty as only a little over 300 companies took part in it. The participants included traders, shopkeepers and business houses, which had put up their products on display-cum-sale.

Shailender, a resident of Daultabad village, said that the fair seemed to be an extension of the Divali Fair, organised by the District Red Cross Society every year in Sector 12 ground, There were all kinds of traders selling their wares like a market.

The authorities wanted to make it a success by allowing market people to set up their shops, which, he said, was not favourable for promoting industry in any sense. He said it could have attracted more people if it had been organised at Sector 12 ground as it was hosted here two years ago.

However, the organisers claim that the Trade Fest had been a big success as about 350 companies took part in it.

The Deputy Commissioner, Mr Anil Malik, in his address at the concluding function yesterday stated that about 200 companies from the district and 70 from outside had come here. He said products and items worth Rs 6 crore had been sold and over one lakh business enquiries made during the fair.

He said while it passed off peacefully, the place could become an alternative site for holding international-level trade fairs in the future.

He said the area was very spacious and there had been no problem of traffic congestion on any day during the fair. A local Industrialist, Mr K. C. Lakhani, said that the fair had been a success and claimed that it would invite more companies in the future.

The organisers had put up about 40 stalls of food, which had been an attraction for the visitors, said an official while there had been cultural shows in the evenings daily for a week. There were seminars on topics related to business and industry.

As a majority of district officials, including the police, remained busy with the fair, the work at some of the offices was affected, as the officials concerned were not available.

Complaints of impounding of private vehicles including private taxis for ferrying the officials or organisers were raised. However, district authorities refute this claiming that no such compliant had been lodged.

The authorities state that the fair was organised in the larger interest of the traders, manufacturers and other members of the business community and there was nothing wrong in it.



Rs 80-crore business in food expo
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 30
Business to the tune of Rs 80 crore is estimated to have taken place during the country’s first international Food, Drink and Hospitality exhibition in the Capital.
The exhibition, which saw the launch of several new products in the Indian market, attracted 30 companies from overseas, apart from domestic players, a release said.

According to estimates, the 70 billion-dollar Indian food processing market is set to double by 2005.

The food processing and packaging sector is growing annually by 15 to 20 per cent and the bottled water market has grown 80 per cent annually for the past three years and is expected to surpass the soft drinks market in the next five years. 


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